Anyone who has been on Google this morning should be able to answer this question.
This morning’s Google doodle is a giant zipper running down the middle of the screen to celebrate the birthday of Gideon Sundback. A bit random until you hear that he is the engineer most commonly associated with the development of the zip!
They say you learn something every day and I wonder how many thousands of people now know who Gideon Sundback is. Surely if you manage the PR for an event or the celebration of a date Google Doodles has to be the number one target. Has anyone ever tried to get in touch with them or had any success with pitching an idea?
The team in the office came across this excellent tool (TweepML) the other day for listing all our Tweeters. It basically allows you to include all members of your team who use Twitter on a single landing page.
Users who visit this page can simply enter their Twitter username and password and the app will find out if you are following everyone on the list and lets you follow them automatically. I love this tool. It is a great time saver and ideal for companies who have a number of individuals on Twitter rather than just one corporate account.
I was mucking about on the web yesterday when I came accross Recession Blocker.
It is a site designed to combat the gloom and doom of the credit crunch by offering a lighthearted version of every news site. It basically blocks out any negative words on any website.
All you have to do is type in the site you want to look at and it will re-direct you to the site with all negative words blocked out. Check out its version of the Daily Mail above.
I stumbled upon a new (to me) site tonight which I thought I would share. Breaking Tweets compiles the latest world news and includes Twitter feedback on that story. Interesting concept and it makes for strangely addictive reading.
According to the site it has two main goals: 1. to help people enhance their worldview or perspective of global events; 2. to increase dialogue about international news and make the world smaller through conversation and interaction, both on this site and on Twitter.
I like the philosophy behind the site which looks to record how people are reacting to particular news stories. Continue reading
While catching up on my Sunday reading and listening to my latst Spotify play list I stumbled upon this story on PC World which caught my attention.
Yahoo has started trials with a new tool called Search Pad which will allows users to save links, type notes and copy and paste content from websites. It is also possible for users of Search Pad to share information through email or print it out.
According to Yahoo’s Larry Cornett “It intelligently understands when you’re in research mode and if you choose, collects information about the sites you visit. You can then create research documents with saved websites, edits and reorder your personal notes, and share them with friends. No more handwritten scrawls, Post its or scattered documents (has he seen my desk?). And you can access them from wherever you are.”
The feature isn’t being rolled out to everyone just yet but from reading the Yahoo blog it seems to be a popular direction. As one visitor commented: “looks like a leap in the way we think about and interact with our clipped bits and ever-growing data.”
This sounds like an interesting step for search addicts. Watch this space.
There has been a lot of buzz in recent weeks about Spotify which is the UK’s first piece of music software to offer free unrestricted streaming.
It is quite brilliant and great fun searching for tracks and building a play list of your chosen classics. The best thing about Spotify is how easy it is to install (it literally took me a few minutes) and ultimately use. There is a huge catalogue of artists and songs to choose from and reports suggest this will only grow over time.